Rolex 24 at Daytona International, January 26th through 28th 2018.
For this first trip is was really all highway. I was actually a little worried, as a new rider it was very windy, 20 MPH give or take. When I first started I almost considered it too unsafe and turned around, but I continued on, and within an hour or so I got comfortable with it and eventually it became no problem. Lesson learned. Up I-75 to my parents in Largo, where I stayed the night. The next morning I woke up at 3 to hit the road, wanted to avoid that dreaded Orlando rush hour(s) traffic. I-75 to I-4. Arriving around 8 AM at Daytona International Speedway.
Here's a 360 view of the Sunshine Skyway using my Rylo 360 camera.
Like I said, I arrived around 8 AM and set up my camp site.
Camp Site at Daytona International Speedway ($40)
The race from my view, I went big for the first race of the season, before have always been in the infield, visibility is terrible but the party is big. This time I got the 3 day Rolex 24 Lounge, which has a nice indoor area with 2 open bars, and 2 food bars. A bunch of TV's to watch the race, or look out the window. Or you can walk outside and sit on the balcony in the stadium over looking the whole track.
The Rolex 24 Lounge ($650)
The Balcony, race view
A little of the night racing
Fireworks over the Daytona
Dawn Breaks over the Rolex 24 (time lapse)
90 second slideshow of the full weekend races
For the return I went straight home, no stops except for gas, it was uneventful minus some wind and light showers.
I4 and I75 cross road